The Real Reward for Hard Work

You don’t know this about me (yet) but I love weight lifting. Any kind of weight lifting but most especially Olympic lifting. It’s my all-time, always favorite lifts. This morning I was watching some technique videos on You Tube to improve the smallest details of the snatch lift when I heard the trainer say something that caught my ear. It’s not a direct quote but it was something close to this:

“The reward for hard work is more hard work”


I’ve spent the majority of my life working really hard at all sorts of things thinking that, “once I accomplish this really awesome goal, I’ll move to a better more awesome goal” and jump from one thing to the next looking to fully accomplish something. The problem is that most of us don’t really accomplish as much as we want, and we spend the majority of our lives just jumping from one half-done thing to another.

The trainer’s point in the video is this: once you can bicep curl a bar with 50# on it you don’t stop doing bicep curls. No! You keep doing more bicep curls and you add weight to the bar. The reward for all your hard work is to add weight making the workload even harder the next time you curl. Your reward, over time and progression is that you’ve built a mega-boat-load of strength if you just keep at it. Of course, you have to build precision in the lifts and not over load the bar too fast or you’ll get hurt, but that isn’t my point for today. My point right now is that if you want to build strength you can’t keep doing bicep curls at 50#. You must add weight. Period!

Leaders, GOOD leaders make opportunities for the team to build strength in their skills and abilities and know when it’s time to add some weight to the bar. Good leaders who are confident in themselves and their teams know when it’s the right time to add some weight.  They know when they can’t let the team sit and do the same things over and over again or performance goes south. The reward for hard work is more hard work.

Good leaders, coaches and teams realize that the ultimate goal isn’t to just hit one goal; it’s to hit goals again and again and again – that’s a no brainer. But it isn’t just to max out cash flows, it’s also how teams build confidence, trust and resilience within themselves and each other.

Strength isn’t forged by making the bar lighter, but in making the athlete stronger so that they can lift the heaviest of loads.

If you want to check out the video I referenced look here:

It’s by Juggernaut Training Systems. I don’t have a subscription to their programs but I’ve been following some really simple (free) training videos for tips on how to improve the snatch and I’m seeing really good results! Check ’em out and let me know what you think

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